By earning a Master of Arts in Family Ministry degree online, you will gain skills to create a biblically and theologically grounded family ministry within a church or parachurch.

Take your ministry to the next level and prepare for a role as a children’s or youth pastor, family ministry pastor, NextGen pastor or director of family ministries. While answering your calling to serve families, our master’s in family ministry online program will allow you to explore how to help families celebrate successes and overcome challenges through all phases of life. As the complexities of our culture evolve, ministry becomes more challenging for those helping families through difficult situations. Through our program’s convenient online format, you’ll be able to study at your own pace while learning from experienced faculty who are dedicated to academic excellence and the Christian faith.

As you build a strong foundation in ministerial leadership, you will also explore the needs of families and the various principles within family ministry. Our master’s in family ministry online degree teaches:

  • Family systems theory and how to incorporate it into your ministry
  • Developmental phases of both individuals and families
  • Leadership, group dynamics and organizational structures as related to family ministry
  • Family ministry models and leadership practices
  • Intricacies of marriage and family within a Christian context, specifically gender and human sexuality
  • Cultural trends that challenge families at home, school, church and within society
  • Connecting one’s experiences regarding their faith, spiritual conflicts and relationships
  • Ministry to families with special needs and using introductory methods of crisis intervention and pastoral care


Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. SEU’s School of Divinity is an associate member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and is pursuing accreditation from ATS.

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Courses and Requirements

The master’s in family ministry online program consists of 36 credits, including 21 devoted to core courses and 15 focused on family ministry principles.

Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s master’s in family ministry program must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher from a regionally accredited college or university

Courses required to complete the program.

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How to Apply

To apply to SEU’s online master’s in family ministry program, you will need:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university
  • One academic or professional reference
  • A Christian character assessment
  • An academic writing sample of five pages or more

Tuition and Fees

Component Cost Total*
Tuition $495 per credit hour $17,820
Technology Fee $150 per semester $600
General Student Fee $150 per semester $600
Totals $19,020

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes three to four semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.

Financial Aid

At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options.

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Career Outcomes

After completing our family ministry degree online, you will be equipped with the skills needed to pursue various careers, including:

  • Youth Pastor
  • Early Childhood Pastor
  • Children's Pastor
  • Family Ministry Pastor
  • Director of Family Ministries
  • NextGen Pastor

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Benefits of Learning Online

By studying online with SEU, you’ll experience the luxury of being able to complete your course work during your own time, wherever you may be.

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